<freeform>The 2014 NFL Draft is history and in the final four rounds, four prospects were drafted. In total, five players from Utah colleges were drafted and several more should be signed as undrafted free agents. Here is my analysis and grades for every Utah prospect taken in rounds four through seven:
Team • Player • School • Pos • Grade
Fourth Round • St. Louis Rams • Mo Alexander • Utah State • Safety • C+
The Rams grab Alexander, who’s a big hitter and will fit nicely on special teams, but the team also passed on cornerbacks like Keith McGill and Pierre Desir, as well as a need for a backup quarterback. Alexander could factor into the safety battle in St. Louis.
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Fourth Round • Oakland Raiders • Keith McGill • Utah • Cornerback • A
The Raiders find great value in McGill here, who could have gone two rounds earlier. He has similar issues to most taller corners with stiffer hips and the tendency to get beat by fast receivers, but he also has great size and can stand up as a nickel corner. Oakland needs talent all over the roster and McGill will help add size to a secondary that battles guys like Keenan Allen, Demaryius Thomas and Dwayne Bowe.
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Fourth Round • Detroit Lions • Nevin Lawson • Utah State • Cornerback • A
The Lions finally address a crying need at corner by taking Utah State’s Lawson. Lawson had a great senior bowl and combine, boosting his stock in the eyes of people that may not have followed him closely at Utah State. He’s raw compared with cornerbacks taken above him, but he’s quick, fluid and can be an upper end nickel corner and eventual second corner.
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Seventh Round • New York Jets • Trevor Reilly • Utah • OLB • A
Reilly going this late was a surprise, but the Jets get a steal. He’s coming off knee surgery and is an older prospect, but was one of the most underrated pass rushers in the country last season and has the ability to lead a defense. Rex Ryan will get the most out of him as a situational pass rusher and special teams player.
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